Explore the Fascinating World of Mollusks

and the Beautiful Shells They Create

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The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum connects people to the natural world through their love of shells and the animals that create them.


One of the best things to do on Sanibel, the Museum offers fun and educational activities for the whole family. Kids love touching live mollusks in our touch pools, winning scavenger hunt prizes, and watching our Giant Pacific Octopus. Come visit the only museum in the United States devoted solely to shells and mollusks!


Jan 21: Environmental writer CYNTHIA BARNETT

Feb 1: The Soul of An Octopus author SY MONTGOMERY (pictured)
Feb 16: Metropolitan Museum of Art curator BRADLEY STRAUCHEN-SCHERER

Mar 15: Diver and photographer LINDA IANNIELLO

Apr 6: News-Press visual journalist ANDREW WEST

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Adult Education Classes

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Taught by José H. Leal, Ph.D. and Rebecca Mensch, MS

Celebrating 25 Years Lecture Series

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The Shell Museum shell identification app
Download the Shell Museum shell identification app on the app store!
Download the Shell Museum shell identification app on the Google Play store!

Take a photo of a shell and our app will identify it using machine learning. Every photo you take helps it get smarter! You can also browse the entire Southwest Florida Shell Guide.

Download the

Shell Museum App